Grateful Dead Live at Capitol Theater on 1970-06-24
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
Late Show, Electric Set
1. Introduction (Mountain Jam tuning)
2. Not Fade Away
3. Easy Wind
4. Stage Talk
5. Me and My Uncle
6. Stage Talk
7. Dark Star >
8. Attics of my Life >
9. Dark Star >
10. Sugar Magnolia >
11. Dark Star >
12. St. Stephen >
13. China Cat Sunflower >
14. I Know You Rider
"Source Information for The Usher's Tapes Tree
"the person who is responsible for the bulk of the capitol theatre audience recordings is a fellow by the name of ken lee (not sure of his last name spelling). this is the
guy who was employed by howard stein (local ny area promoter of the time) my source is his brother in law, mark c (a long time dead head & quite a nice &
unassuming person) i owe mark a huge debt of gratitude.
ken's port chester masters were recorded on a sony cassette deck (don't have the 'model # or mic info) his positioning was generally center lodge with mic's mounted
on the rail. 3/21/70 had the mic's spaced at over 15 feet, and the recording bears out that information. 6/24/70 set#2 was mastered on a 120-minute cassette.
ken is reported to be very un-friendly and intimidating (6 foot 5 inches with a security guard attitude) he was at tompkins square park, nyc 6/67 and reported a ? hour
dancin' in the street, fwiw. he recorded many local shows (queens college, all 4 stands at port chester, Manhattan center.etc. mark says he was doing this only for
himself and never did much of anything at all with his recordings. at port chester he had howard steins permission to tape, with the footnote of never letting them out.
so...marks older sister is married to this guy & he would occasionally let mark have tapes & mark was apparently pretty free with his copies over the years. most of
what circulates from gd @ port chester originated mainly from mark's 1st gen copies, not ken's masters. as time went on their relationship deteriorated (now they are
estranged) and ken literally & figuratively shut the door on mark.
marks last score from ken's tapes was back in 1986. when ken was out, mark & an instigating friend went armed with sony tc d5m's and recorded as much from the
masters as they could get away with. ken arrived in the middle of all this and was outraged and shut it all down & proceeded to take all the copies (not all it turned
out) mark told me that at that point in time, all the tapes he witnessed were badly in need of restoration (and this was back in 1986) i am sad to relay that even though
these master still exist, there are rotting in un-kind hands it took me close to 2 years & many phone calls to hook up with mark, and then only for one day. things were
haphazard & i taped what i could given the time i had on hand.
mark had 2 separate copies of 6/24/70 late show. the older copy he received with ken's blessing in the mid '70's, this was on a xl 2, no dolby, the fresher copy was from
the incident in 1986. this was on a mx metal cassette and had a better frequency response, but there was a bad squeal & lisp on the right hand channel and proves the
deterioration of the recording. i went with the older copy that was made when the master was in better condition set list has; nfa easy wind (very powerful), me & my
uncle, dark star ikyr, then uncle johns band (which is not the encore, as they never leave the stage. the encore is an acoustic "swing low sweet chariot" it was mia, but
I WILL get it 3/21/70 has never sounded this good. it's actually quite fantastic in spots. it's the best recording i've ever heard coming out of that room 11/5/70 is a
powerful psychedelic feast. i could never sit through it before, because of the abysmal quality
i want to, and enjoy bringing pleasure to fellow music lovers. please let it be known i have zero tolerance for any suspicion, or dishonesty. criticism, on the other hand
i can handle fairly well. so give me a few days & i'll get seeds to someone who has already volunteered to handle the administration and decimation on deadlist. our
1970 caretaker, jim powell, will get cd's from me for his analysis
that's the story"
- 2008-04-08 12:54:08
- Port Chester, NY
- Transferred by
- This is from the Usher Tree; for further source info, the notes from that tree are appended following the track list.
- Capitol Theater
Subject: I cut off my right arm...
actually pretty decent, & has that certain vibe you can't get from a soundboard. This is some very intense, gut-wrenching
psychedelic blues! Jerry & the boys are channeling another
world & bringing it back to us in spades!!!
Wish there was a clear copy of this show, though the AUD used in this version is not bad at all, this is the best source I have heard so far. The Audience doesn't distract from the music, though you can tell how amazed and excited they were. The show gets five stars. the recording gets three stars, but compared to other AUDS is not bad.
Be aware though that the archive has complete versions of this show including the spirited UJB and a Swing Low Sweet Chariot with NRPS that end the show. Well worth hearing
Subject: Thank-you Thank-you, Thank-you Ken
Subject: All that is holy....
Subject: Best recording of this show!
Subject: Great show - and not the only one from that night...
...taken together, a fabulous document. What a joy it must have been to see them all together!
Subject: Sick Dark Star
Subject: Not there
Subject: Ken did the right thing!
^^that's fucked up.
Subject: oh boy!
Subject: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Subject: One Of The All Time Best
A legendary performance to be treasured.
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